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71 Yokun Ave., John E. Parson’s Estate – c.1895

Stoneover Yokun Ave

71 Yokun Av
71 Yokun Ave., John E. Parson’s Estate – c.1895

From Surveys Completed 2011-2012 by the Lenox Historical Commission


This house displays a transitional architectural style from Gothic Revival to Queen Anne. The wood-framed building originally had an upright and wing form with cross-gable roof. Verge boards have scroll sawn ends, and there are exposed rafter ends. A broken-eave front gabled dormer is at the center of the roof. There is an exposed brick side wall chimney on the right facade. Cladding is wood clapboard on the first floor, wood shingle on the second. The front gabled right bay has an oculus in the gable, tall, narrow paired windows on the second floor over a canted bay window on the first. Modillions and a scroll sawn bracket ornament the underside of this second floor overhang. The foundation is constructed of large rough-faced cut stones and there is a basement-level entry under the porch. In addition to this being converted to a dwelling, the front gabled section on the left side has been added above the exposed basement. It has a 1-story extension off its left side at the first floor level that is supported by piers/pillars. The front porch, with a front gable entry feature and millwork railing, is another addition or reconstruction. Although it is complementary in style to the original building, the architectural details are larger in scale and the fenestration slightly different in this addition. Windows and doors are all likely replacements.

A 1.5-story barn is located southeast of the house. It has a cross-gable roof that extends over a rear ell. A broken-eave dormer with 6-light window is located on the street facade of the rear ell. Wood clapboard siding is on the first floor and vertical board and batten siding is above with a scalloped lower edge. There are three vehicle bays oriented to the north (facing the dwelling) and a 1-story, 1-stall garage has been added to its right side. It has a fieldstone foundation. An in-ground swimming pool is located behind the barn, south of the house. A semi-circular driveway has two access points on Yokun Avenue. A stream runs through the property south of the buildings.


This building was originally one of a group of three dependencies (accessory buildings) on the Stonover estate. It may have served as a caretaker’s dwelling, as well as other utilitarian needs such as a greenhouse on the basement level. This set of buildings predates the elaborate Stonover Farm, located in the far western part of the estate. The Stonover Mansion was located northeast of the site of this property; it was demolished in 1940. The 1876 Beers and 1904 Barnes and Farnham maps illustrate a group of three outbuildings as a part of the John E. Parson’s Estate.

Mr and Mrs. Ronald Woodger acquired the property in 1942. It was acquired by Mark Liponis in 1995.


1876 Beers, 1894 Barnes and Jenks, 1904 Barnes and Farnham Maps, 1894 Barnes and Jenks Map

Lenox Town Hall Records

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Woodger

Lenox Assessor’s Database-2012

169 Under Mountain Rd., John Parsons House – c.1875

169 Under Mountain Rd
169 Under Mountain Rd., John Parsons House – c.1875

Stoneover Yokun Ave

From Surveys Completed 2011-2012 by the Lenox Historical Commission


The property contains a complex of farm buildings, almost all of which exhibit the architectural characteristics of the Arts and Crafts style. The farmhouse is two stories in height, has a 5-bay front façade, and is two bays deep. It has both stone and wood frame construction. Random rough-face cut stones quarried on the site clad the first floors, while wood shingle siding is used on the upper portions of the house. It has a gable roof with gable dormers; verge boards have decorative scroll sawn ends. There are two large stone interior chimneys. There are two front gabled pavilions, each with a porch. The one on the right side of the front façade is under a second floor overhang, which is supported by turned posts, and has a millwork railing. A group of four double hung sash windows are on the second floor above it and a pair of attic windows above them. The porch on the left side is also under a second floor overhang—on the left side only. Two simple turned posts atop stone piers plus a massive stone pillar support the overhang. On the second floor are two sets of three windows, each set having a large fanlight transom and at the attic level is a set of three windows with four small brackets below; the shingle siding above flares out over them. Virtually all the windows are 1-o-1 double hung sashes, which may be original or replacements. There is a 2-story right side ell with slightly lower gable roof from which a 1-story hipped roof extension projects. A glazed conservatory has been added to the left side of the house, which has a shed roof that is partly solid and partly glazed.

A 2-plus-story basement barn is located to the right of the house. It has a gable roof and an exposed stone basement on the front and is clad with wood shingles above. A cross-gabled second floor pavilion is supported with scroll sawn brackets that contained the original hay door (now infilled with windows). Four- and 6-light barn sashes are set into the stone wall on the front. The entrance door is paneled. Double swing doors on the left side have 6-light windows over vertical panels. Lozenge windows are in the gable peaks. A roof vent has a hipped roof. A stone endwall chimney is on the left side. Extending from the left side of the barn is a recessed 1-story ell with gable roof and two cupola vents. It has a hay door in a dormer. A garage wing extends of its left side containing two double vehicle bays with newer overhead doors. That section has a large wood shingled front gabled dormer.

A long 1-story outbuilding with gable roof, set well back from the house and barn has a stone kneewall with wood shingle cladding above. Its front façade is articulated with a shallow, hipped-roof pavilion three bays wide, a projecting gable, and a smaller gabled bump-out. There are eight bays with paired windows plus a 2story polygonal turret at the far right side. A stone chimney is located between the gabled section and turret. A millwork railing encloses a patio area in front of the turret

A third outbuilding has been attached to the rear of the farmhouse with a 1-story hyphen. Another small, 1-story outbuilding, located between the house and barn, is a one-room schoolhouse that was moved to the property. It has a hipped roof topped with a bellcote. There are three glass doors on the front and four double hung windows on its left side. A stream runs from the hills behind the buildings between the various buildings and has been damned to create a small, stone-lined duck pond in the front yard (with attendant tiny duck house beside it). There is a stone wall in front of the house and a long one that runs along and across the road from the property. Mature specimen, deciduous and coniferous trees are scatted throughout the site, which also has open lawn areas.

Architect Charles T. Rathbun   -1908[1]

Rathbun served as a Commissioner for Pittsfield’s “Main-drains, common sewers, and sidewalks” from 1867 – 1875.[2]

Other Buildings Designed by Rathbun (from MACRIS, unless otherwise footnoted):

1870 – Citizens’ Hall, West Stockbridge

1872 – Methodist Episcopal Church, Pittsfield[3]

1873 – Old Gas Works, Pittsfield

1874 – Memorial Town Hall, Lee

1874 – First Baptist Church (remodeled), Pittsfield[4]

1880 – Oman Block, Lee

1881 – Central Block, Pittsfield

1884 – Rosa England Block, Pittsfield

1887 – Hoosac Street School, Adams

1890 – Second Burns Block, Pittsfield

1893 – Housatonic Congregational Church, Great Barrington


Stonover Farm was built in 1870 by John Parsons as the farm house for the Parsons Estate, Stonover on Yokun Avenue. The house was maintained by Mr. Herbert Parsons, a New York Congressman and his wife Elsie Crews (who was one of the first female anthropologists, AH). They lived there with their daughter who maintained the property after their death, Mrs. John D. Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy left the property to Mr. Herbert Patterson of New York. After his death he left the property to his secretary. The property was then purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Dovydenas.

The property without the barn was transferred to Lawrence and Rosemary Geller in 1990. Tom and Suky Werman purchased the house in 2000 and the barn in 2003 and have made extensive renovations to convert Stonover Farm into a renowned Bed and Breakfast Inn.


Marcia B. Brown

Janet H. Pumphrey

Town of Lenox Assessor Card


[1] American Architecture & Building News, VOL. XCIV, No. 1703, August 12, 1908 issue, p. 16.

[2] J. E. A. Smith, History of Pittsfield From the Year 1800 to the Year 1876, (Springfield, MA: C. W. Bryan & Co, 1876), p. 572.

[3] Ibid, p. 446.

[4] Ibid, pp.442-443.